2015A Day 42: What’s Up and Down

A vizcacha, from her perch, can see the world.

Today I saw: Laird going down. Jared going down. The sun coming up. Laird coming up. Kim and Katie going down. The ASM coming down. Jared coming up. Clio coming down. The NAS coming down. Laird going down. Jared going down. Jorge, Povilas, and Francesco coming up. The sun going down. Katie coming up. The moon coming up. Katie going down. Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn staring back at me. The twin Baade and Clay telescopes spinning silently on their mounts. The Milky Way streaming across the sky. The Magellanic Clouds shining with the light of billions of suns. Buenos noches.

Top: The Clay telescope with the MagAO ASM yesterday. Middle: The MagAO ASM today. Bottom: The Clay telescope with the f/11 secondary mirror.

Juan led the crew in removing the ASM (top) and Clio and the NAS (bottom) from the Clay telescope today.

Clio, the NAS, and the ASM parked in the Aux.

I watched the moonrise through some clouds at the horizon from my cleanroom perch.

The Clay control room was pretty quiet tonight. Good luck, guys.

Condors always make my tail curl — but I think I’m pretty safe here.

That’s what’s up.

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